Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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SEO changes in wordpress after permalink changes

I have installed wordpress in a sub-directory called blg in my root folder. Also, I have served the website from the root following the method given in this codex. My question is, if in future I am ...
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Is hypen a word separator in the title?

We all are quite aware that hyphen is the title word separator as described in this video by Matt Cutts. But I was shocked to find that Google was listing the matching page titled "SomePrefix ...
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Many user-created sites/pages and subdomains. SEO questions for primary domain

My site allows people to create free websites and provides them with a subdomain link to their site. For example, a user bsmith will end up with a site at bsmith.example.com, and pages like ...
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SEO hurt by unrelated links? Long term linking, spammy terms

I have a couple of questions regarding SEO ranking as it pertains to spam sites linking to my site. I have a niche website that allows people to create their own web pages for free. A couple of years ...
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Solutions for filtering dynamic IP addresses in Google Analytics?

Without a static IP address from your ISP, what solutions are people using to filter their own web traffic through Google Analytics to help improve the accuracy of the data? I get the reasoning and ...
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SEO - My web page ranks by images but no by content

I have a page with original content which only ranks my images but don't rank the articles. The images appears in SERPS with an interesting graphic of impressions: As you can see in picture I've ...
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Higher speed website caused adsense RPM to go zero. why?

I modified my website slightly so that links pointing to an item submission of some sorts (such as the "add item to shopping cart" link) are now submit buttons. For example: I converted: <a ...
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What preferred domain should I choose for WIX website (www vs no-www)?

The problem is that WIX automatically redirects all to www-domain. It is not possible to have non-www domain when using WIX. Now, I would like my website to be distributed as non-www, but I don't know ...
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weird results from tests when trying to serve a fast image download page… why?

This is my php code. <?php ob_start(); echo file_get_contents("originalhighqualityphoto.jpg"); $dat=ob_get_contents(); ob_end_clean(); $dat=gzencode($dat,2); ...
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Is it bad to use parentheses in a URL

Is it bad to use parentheses within a site's URLs? For example in my site, I have broken a three part article as such: www.example.com/article-on-some-subject-(part-1-abc) ...
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Is there a way to index a complete site but to make searches point always to index.html?

I have a small site with 10 pages and all of them contain related content. When doing searches with Google the results seem to have random pages (I know that they are not random but I don't know why ...
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Multilingual HTML structure to correctly be indexed by Google

I have a page example.com that includes a language file based on visitor's country (through IP). There is only one page but several language files. Scenarios: visitor in UK or any other country not ...
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Why do I have high a high bounce rate with a fancy design and lower with simple design? [closed]

I have a website that I previously worked hard on its design to attract visitors, but the bounce rate was more then 60%. Then I decided to make it simple, and now I have a really simple design ...
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SEO - background-image and img tag for seo

I need to use background-image property so i can use background-size while I also need to use the img tag for SEO-related purposes. Will having the img tag with display:none; penalize the site for ...
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What effect does turning off caching in all browsers have on SEO?

What effect does turning off caching in all browsers have on SEO?
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Serving images on CDN; allow crawl of origin or CDN or both?

I have searched and read through a lot of questions regarding this subject, but cannot seem to find anyone that directly addresses my problem. I have a CDN for all my static images img.domain.net, ...
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Does SEO value pass through canonical links pointing to another domain?

I have a relatively new price aggregation website (online for about one month). Part of it was also adapted (custom header/footer) and included into an older site, on a different domain, which already ...
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SEO - Add google sitelinks search box for URL sub path

Is it possible and usefull to add a google sitelinks search box to a sub path of the website? For instance we have following structure with site in sites for our clients: Main search: ...
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What should be in index files in unused subdirectories?

What's the best practice for index pages in subdirectories which aren't being used (have no content)? Example root/subfolder/index.html My thoughts were to set up a redirect to either the 404 page ...
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Is Google rationing the number of hits my website receives?

Most of the traffic on my website (85%) comes from Google. Most of visits are local to the country of the domain. I see suspiciously repetitive amount of visits each month, round 12.500 with only a ...
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How to make sure content of iframes get properly indexed along with the stem webpage

I'm having a webpage (a stem URL) with several iframes inside it with slightly differing src. It's like a @book has_many :pages and each page is an iframe with serially increasing page_no. How should ...
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Is it better to reference images from other sites or to host your own (in wordpress)?

We are moving our knowledge base to a WordPress hosted platform. Most images will remain the same and are currently sitting in another platform. For SEO purposes, is it better to move those images to ...
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Site URL being displayed before TITLE on SERP

Apologies if the question is a repeated one but I couldn't find a solution for this. I have following HTML code on the home page of my website. <head> <title>Sample title for ...
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What exactly is it that makes a blog seo friendly? [duplicate]

I was wondering what it is about a blog that helps it to rank your site higher? For example is it just the word 'blog' that the search engines like? Because I was wondering if my site's gallery of ...
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Which is better for SEO: icon-based linking or text-based linking?

I am wondering is it better to use icon-based links rather than text-based ones for SEO? For example have the link to your homepage display as a house icon rather than a hyperlink with the anchor ...
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Traffic has never recovered after site domain move

I moved domains over a year ago. The traffic remains at 1/2 the level it was before hand. I used 301 redirects to do this, most of which were page to page redirects, rather than page to root ...
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Sitelinks in Google search results run words together when I use a <span> inside <a> in <nav>

I have the following structure in my navigation menu: There is a span inside an anchor tag which makes the navigation look better. <nav class="navbar-collapse navbar-collapse-header collapse"> ...
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Are “m dot” sites a valid solution to Google's new “mobile-friendly” ranking algorithm?

Given a site which is not optimized for mobile (and not responsive), Google's new ranking algorithm, which is set to go into effect April 21, 2015, will result in a lower ranking. If the site does ...
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Are (non-escaped) URL fragments bad for SEO?

I have a product search page with a search filter with a fair number of different options. Each time the user changes the filter, the search results are updated in-place by JavaScript, and the URL is ...
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Thoughts on .com, .info or .net (and hyphens) for a space-related educational/informative website aimed at children [closed]

I'm in the process of planning a website aimed at children in the fields of space and things relating to the topic. The website is aimed at children in the 7-13 years range, although it may appeal to ...
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Does using #section in internal linking affect SEO or crawlability?

On my website, I have several sidebar widgets with internal links relevant to the content. But, the links go to certain sections of a page, not to the whole page. Example: ...
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Google webmaster shows 404 errors that do not belong to my website

I have a website and Google webmaster account that shows 404 errors that do not belong belong to my website. For example, I have never had any URL like: ...
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Is it a good idea to redirect http://www.example.com to http://example.com or keep both? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to redirect http://www.example.com to http://example.com or keep both ?
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How do backlinks increase a site's page rank? [duplicate]

How do backlinks increase a site's page rank? Is it the reason that it is mentioned and cached on google so many times that in turn makes the site relevant?
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why do some rankings depend on keywords grouped by " [duplicate]

Say if i have a keyword "gold jewellery" this ranks my site on the first page of google. However typing: gold jewellery in google does not rank the site. What is the best way to overcome this issue?
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Do seldomly updated websites rank worse in Google?

I heard that Google likes websites that are updated frequently. If Googlebot notices that the website is updated, it will have a higher ranking in the Google search results. However, there are many ...
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Why is the Alexa Toolbar traffic symbol showing a red mark?

Can any one explain why Alexa traffic status symbol is showing a red color down arrow for my website?
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Is having noindex on a page same as not showing the URL anywhere on the site?

I am currently working on a project which has a large number of pages based on different sector and city, but many of them do not have any results, and such pages have a noindex meta tag. Is it the ...
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How to deal with product pages that require hundreds of keywords

I am having difficulties trying to achieve SEO friendly solution of following for product pages that contain a lot of keywords. The online shop sells many parts that fit dozens different manufactures ...
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Google wrongly indexes URL parameter [duplicate]

I have a online store with Magento, which means there are a lot of parameters to filter categories. Small example: www.example.com/chats/distributeurs-fontaine/ ...
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Chain canonical from mobile to desktop site

I have a mobile site today with rel=canoncial to my desktop site. I was wondering if anyone knows / have a good theory how search engines handles the following scenario. mobile.example.com?sort=asc ...
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How to design different web application environments with respect to SEO and server load?

Let's say I have a nice and valuable domain (somedomain.com) and I would like to develop a web application for this domain. I will host this web application on the cloud which I use currently for ...
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How can I figure out how a search engine is finding hidden pages?

We have a system hosting many websites for our customers, and inside that system there is a method that non-live customers can view their sites before we turn them on. Say the link is something like ...
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Is the text inside a SVG affecting SEO? [duplicate]

I wonder if the text: "Sorry, your browser does not support inline SVG." inside a SVG, is affecting SEO? <svg width="100" height="100"> <circle cx="50" cy="50" r="40" stroke="green" ...
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For an SPA-website, which permalink-format would be better for SEO?

I've created a SPA-website which will serve as my personal blog. I just can't quite decide on a permalink-structure for the blog-posts. Which of the following three permalink-formats would work ...
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Pagespeed rating vs server speed from a SEO perspective

What's more important for my website, from a SEO perspective? I first had a page load time from around 900ms and a google rating from about 70. Using some plugins I managed to get the rating up to ...
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How to remove parameters from getting indexed on my desktop link from mobile site?

I have example.com and m.example.com which both rel=canonical and rel=alternate to each other. On my mobile site I have a "desktop site" link that links to example.com?mobileOut that opts out of the ...
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use fixed string before slug or not [duplicate]

I'm caught in a discussion with a colleague about using a fixed string before using a slug or not. The aim off course is to rank better at search engines. The site involves hotel travels. And the ...
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Domain name benefit in SEO

I have read so many posts here but no one is able to give me satisfied answer. My main question : Is domain name related to my pages content can help me to boost SEO fast? For ex: If I will have ...
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SEO — what's the deal with the enthusiasm for data scraping? [closed]

So far, I can figure out only 2 major reasons for why SEO specialists would want to data-scrape a website: 1) Scrape competitors' websites to find-out keywords used in various Meta Tags, or other ...